Okemo Ski and Snowboard swap raises $2,300

LUDLOW - Okemo Mountain Resort's Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap, held November 19-21, raised more than $23,000 to help defray operating costs at Okemo Mountain School.

"Proceeds were up 15 percent over last year," said Mariel Meringolo, head of school and organizer of the event. "I am grateful to all of the volunteers who donated their time, as well as all of the mountain personnel who went above and beyond their normal duties to provide support to the event. Without all of the volunteers and the help of the mountain, the Ski Swap could never have been such a success."

The three-day sale of new and previously owned ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessories fetched 75 percent of the sale price for the sellers, while 25 percent went to Okemo Mountain School - helping keep tuition as affordable as possible for all students.

Okemo Mountain School is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the academic and athletic development of serious snow sports athletes. Student athletes are given the opportunity to train in alpine ski racing, snowboarding, and freestyle skiing, while pursuing a rigorous course of academic study.

More information about Okemo Mountain School is available at okemomountainschool.org.

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